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  • With virtually the entire Oil & Gas industry focused on North American Shale Gas, it is easy to forget the unconventional resource movement spans the entire globe.  Shale Gas, an unconventional resource, should be read by the satellite industry as – “Long to extract, and requires sophisticated technology which means making more money” – and can be found from the South China Sea to under the Arctic Oceans.  Furthermore, the satellite industry will experience the biggest growth from…

  • ADF Hosted Payload Launch a Big Boost

    Apr 19th, 2012 by Jose Del Rosario   More from this Analyst | Profile

    On 25 March 2012, an International Launch Services (ILS) Proton M vehicle successfully launched the Intelsat 22 satellite, which carried a specialized UHF communications payload for the Australian Defense Force (ADF). Once operational in May, it is expected to have a useful life of approximately 18 years.

    For the ADF, the launch is its second hosted payload deployment, the first of which was aboard the Optus C1 satellite launched in 2003, which was a UHF payload as well. The key…

  • CAPEX Impact on FSS Operators

    Apr 16th, 2012 by NSR

    In its recently released Satellite Operator Financial Analysis (SOFA) study, NSR assessed two different metrics regarding typical CAPEX outlays for fixed satellite services (FSS) operators:

    The first metric was the Total CAPEX to Cash Flow from Operating Activities ratio that gives an indication of how much of a FSS satellite operator’s capital expenditures can be financed by the annual cash flow coming out of its operations. The lower the ratio, the less cash is being absorbed by…